Pioneer Square Loft conceals bathroom and sauna in custom-made wooden element
Pioneer Square loft is situated in a heavy timber and masonry building which was built right after the great Seattle Fire. The owner, who desired a flexible yet refined space for working remotely and visiting with family when not in NYC, engaged Plum Studio and Corey Kingston to design and built his second home.
“The space was completely gutted to prepare for this renovation. Large south facing windows punched through thick masonry walls provide ample light for the loft’s open floor plan. The living room, dining room and kitchen are flanked by the enclosed private program elements of the loft; a washing sink, shower, toilet, sauna, laundry and two storage spaces. These volumes are boxed-up neatly behind bright white washed oak panels and soft frosted glass doors. Inside, the individual rooms are matte black finish. This is an ancient Japanese process of wood preservation known as Shou Sugi Ban. The planks are flame charred, brushed and then sealed with a durable finish. The dark interiors provide a stark contrast to the warm white tones of the open loft and reference the terrible fire that was the reason for this building. The large ceiling beams above were sand-blasted which exposed a previously unknown fire in this historic Seattle waterfront warehouse. The living space contains a mix of open and concealed casework. The Rino Honed marble kitchen counter-top showcases an inset hickory cutting board that matches the custom wood dining table. A bookshelf and ship’s ladder in white oak leads to the cozy mezzanine bedroom and closet. Classic opaque globes provide ambient lighting throughout the subdued loft,” says Plum Studio
- Location: Seattle, Washington
- Date completed: 2018
- Size: 850 square feet
- Design: Plum Studio & Corey Kingston
- Photos: Charlie Schuck